Necessary Risks: Challenges Privileged People Need to Face

Necessary Risks

By Teri McDowell Ott. Encourages readers to value risk-taking as the path toward a more equitable and just world. Building on skillful, memoir-like stories, explores ten risks — including learning, teaching, leading, following, going, and staying and then reflects on how these experiences, including mistakes in often tense settings, have forced the author to confront and wrestle with the systems and structures that have privileged her as a white Christian woman. These necessary risks are also informed by authors, theologians, and scholars of color, such as Martin Luther King Jr., James Baldwin, Bell Hooks, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldúa, Ada María Isasi-Díaz, and Eddie Glaude Jr. Demonstrates that in the face of injustice, white silence and inaction are not neutral. Leads readers to feel less fearful and more capable in diverse settings and ultimately to contribute to personal and communal learning and growth, change and transformation. Read more.